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European retailer Primark to open first U.S. store at former Filene’s site

Primark, one of the largest clothing retailers in Europe, plans to open a flagship store on four floors of the Burnham Building next year at the former longtime headquarters of Filene’s in Boston’s Downtown Crossing.

The Dublin-based company has inked a deal to lease 112,000 square feet of space in the landmark property. About 70,000 square feet of the space will be used for retail, and the rest will be for corporate offices. Primark said the store will employ 500 hourly workers while another 60 are management.

“We are excited to be taking Primark to the northeast of the U.S.A. and delighted to be part of this historic development in Boston’s Downtown Crossing,” said Primark CEO Paul Marchant in a statement. Read More…